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LANAP: A Modern Solution to Gum Disease for Norwalk Residents

If your gums are bleeding, there are disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. Your mouth is a warm, moist place, making it the perfect home for spirochetes, amoeba, and other bacteria directly related to periodontal disease. The bacteria in gum disease have also been linked to many systemic diseases throughout your body, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and many more. Statistics show that more than 50% of American Adults over 30 years of age suffer from chronic periodontitis. This potentially deadly condition involves infection and inflammation of the gums and bone-supporting teeth. If you have seen blood in the sink after brushing and flossing), you should be very concerned! When you have gum disease, it can be challenging to get it under control. Patients can spend years receiving invasive treatments with slight improvement. The good news is that this can be easily treated with lasers now!

LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure. It is a minimally invasive laser gum surgery used to treat periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth caused by bacteria in dental plaque. During the LANAP procedure at Advanced Dental Center, a specialized dental laser targets and removes diseased gum tissue and bacteria from around the teeth. The laser energy also helps to stimulate the growth of new, healthy gum tissue and bone, promoting the reattachment of the gums to the tooth roots. LANAP is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. This modern solution reduces post-operative discomfort and accelerates recovery. The results are incredible and help you regain your health and vitality!

Understanding LANAP: A Modern Solution to Gum Disease

Compared to traditional gum surgery (gingival flap surgery), LANAP treatment does not require the cutting and suturing gum tissue, leading to faster healing times. We use the laser not only to sterilize the pockets in the gum but also to attach the gum back to the tooth to close the pocket and eliminate infection. LANAP is the only FDA-cleared laser treatment scientifically proven to regenerate bone and allow you to grow new bone and reattach your gums! LANAP has also been shown to result in less gum recession compared to traditional gum surgery. The laser removes only the diseased tissue while keeping healthy tissue intact. LANAP protocol has been extensively studied and has shown predictable and effective results in treating periodontal disease. Traditional gum surgery is a thing of the past!

LANAP is a superior choice for optimal periodontal health and overall dental well-being. The patient is ready for the LANAP treatment once the periodontal disease has been identified and diagnosed through a clinical exam. The light from the laser targets the diseased tissue without harming healthy tissue and penetrates beyond the visible surface tissue to kill the bacteria effectively. Deep cleaning removes any present calculus after the laser has destroyed the diseased tissue. The laser is then used to form a clot in the tissue, which acts as a seal to protect the area while it heels. The tissue is pressed gently against the teeth' roots, without using a suture, to regain natural attachment. The procedure takes around an hour and one or two visits. There may be some pain the next day after the treatment, but the recovery takes around 24 hours, unlike traditional surgery, several weeks.

Patients who benefit from LANAP have been diagnosed with periodontal disease and have pocket depths between 5 and 6 millimeters. You may also benefit if you have advanced periodontal pockets that are inoperable or that have become infected again despite previous periodontal treatment. If a dentist has ever told you you’re in jeopardy of losing your teeth or have advanced periodontal disease or gingivitis, LANAP Laser treatment could be your solution! We often recommend LANAP for patients with moderate to severe gum disease who may have pockets of infection around their teeth.

LANAP costs roughly the same as traditional gum surgery, while the recovery investments are even less. Many insurance companies have great coverage. However, not all cases of periodontal disease are suitable for LANAP, and the treatment plan should be determined based on the individual patient's needs and the severity of their condition.

Want to get a LANAP consultation? For additional information about LANAP treatment or other procedures, please call Advanced Dental Center at (203) 945-0068 or contact us online. Schedule your consultation with the best dentists in Norwalk, CT!


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